KARACHI - Robbers looted Rs4.9 million from a private bank located within the remits of Tipu Sultan police station on Friday.

Police officials said that at least seven armed men barged into a bank in the evening. Bandits held the guards hostage and disarmed them. Police said that the robbers first moved to cash counter and then strong room from where they managed to loot more than Rs4.9 million. Police believed that they have completed their swift operation within five minutes.

Police said that the robbers were speaking in Siraiki and Balochi languages. The officer said that the robbers also took away the pistol of the security guard. The robbers did not bother to take away the CCTV cameras and guard’s shotgun. Police obtained the CCTV footages to trace the culprits. The security guards were also detained for their possible involvement in the incident and to get a possible lead into the case, the officer said.

Meanwhile, East Zone Investigation SSP Naveed Khawaja escaped a targeted attack when he was returning to his office after visiting the bank. SSP Khawaja said that six armed men on three motorcycles were behind the attack. They opened fire on his vehicle when he was returning from the bank. He said that during exchange of fire, culprits managed to escape without hurting anybody.

Meanwhile, fire broke out in a garments factory in SITE area, which gutted the chemical store on Friday evening.

The fire broke out at Al-Abbas Fabrics situated on SITE industrial area at around 6:35pm. Following the information, two fire tenders were rushed to the fire site.

According to fire brigade department, the fire broke out in a chemical store situated on the basement of the factory, adding that the fire fighters, after the efforts of two hours, extinguished the blazes. There were reports that few people were also injured and fell unconscious due to fire but the fire brigade officials denied it and said that all the people working in the factory were evacuated immediately and nobody was injured. They said that the cause behind the incident has yet to be ascertained.

Meanwhile, PPP Central Deputy Secretary Information and Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Memon said that they would again table a resolution against Kalabagh Dam project on December 6 in Sindh Assembly session.  In a statement here on Friday, he said that Sindh, Balochistan and KPK had already passed resolutions against the construction of Kalabagh Dam. He said there was something wrong not to give importance to the consensus of three provinces in this regard.

Meanwhile, Nazim of Jamia Naimia, Raghib Hussain Naimi has urged local parents and members of teaching community to sensitize youth about emerging diseases that are extremely threatening for human live yet easily preventable.

In his statement on Friday, on the occasion of World AIDS Day 2012, he said it was extremely important that children, reaching their age of puberty, are also informed about HIV/AIDS.“This is extremely crucial to take our children into confidence,” said the religious scholar.

He said that needed knowledge must be communicated to these children in a healthy manner by parents and teachers so as to empower them against their otherwise vulnerability,”